The South Sound Fly Fishers Club depends on the work of its members. Here are the current year’s Board of Directors.
Randy has been a member of South Sound Fly Fishers since moving to Olympia in 2002. He enjoys teaching casting to beginners. He loves to see it come together when students competently cast and catch their first fish on a fly. If they built the rod and tied the fly it’s even more rewarding!
Fly fishing and fly tying are passions I have enjoyed since my college days. I have served as President for both the South Sound Fly Fishers (2017) and the Puget Sound Fly Fishers (1979-80). I am also a longtime member of Fly Fishing International. For 2020, I am once again serving as Club President for the South Sound Flyfishers.
My current fishing interests are stillwater flyfishing our local lakes. I also enjoy pestering the Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Sea-Run cutthroat) and resident Coho salmon. I also fish British Columbia for Kamloops trout and Central Oregon’s lakes and streams plus Montana’s numerous blue ribbon trout streams. I am happy to discuss fishing opportunities and tactics for these fisheries.
If you are interested in learning how and where to go fly fishing the South Sound Fly Fishers is a great resource. Consider joining our friendly and knowledgeable group.
I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. Some of my favorite places to fish are: South Puget Sound; Hood Canal; Yakima River; Madison River (inside Yellowstone Park); Lake Chopaka; Ascension Bay, Mexico; and Dry Falls Lake.
I’m a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA and I’m currently serving as their Treasurer. I’m also a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the Fly Fishers Iingernational’s (FFI) 2008 McKenzie Cup). I am a life member of FFI. I’m currently serving on their Board of Directors as their Treasurer. I was honored to receive the FFI’s Fly Fisher of the Year award in August 2017. I’m obsessed with fly tying and have been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over 20 years. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council of the FFI for over 25 years and have served as their VP of Communications; Senior Advisor; Treasurer; Secretary; Director at Large and as a National Director.
I began fly fishing about 20 years ago in Texas. For the first few years I fished with flies that were given to me. I decided to try tying my own after watching others tie. I learned a lot by trial and many errors, but I was fortunate to be able to learn from some master fly tyers in the north Texas area. I passed the Silver Tyer level of the International Federation of Fly-fishers (IFF) a few years ago and might start working on the gold level one of these days.
When I retired my wife and I moved to Olympia. We are enjoying getting to know the area and discovering new fishing spots. These days I spend as much time in front of my fly tying vise as I do fishing, but I hope to change that in this new year.
I grew up in the Seattle area and fished as a youth for many years. As time moved on and I completed my working years, I retired in 2000 and discovered fly fishing. It wasn’t long before I became active with PSFF in 2001, a Life Member of the FFI in 2002 and BOD member of the WSCIFFF in 2003, and a BOD member for SSFF in committing to various officer responsibilities. I am presently the Government Affairs Chairman for the WSCIFFF. 13 years ago I became a Co-Director of The NW Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy in Lacey, WA. Along with Jim Brosio, we assumed the responsibility of continuing the Academy, after the founder, Dick Nye retired. The Academy is for boys and girls 12-16 years old, conducted for one week, usually the last week of June. I have been proud to conduct the Youth Programs at the annual FFI National events. I am proud to have received the Lew Jewett Memorial Life Award from the FFI. The future of our FFI organization is in the future of our youth.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future – FDR
Kevin describes himself as a “self-inflicted” fly fisher starting in the late 1970s in Colorado. Kevin began his fly fishing journey with little equipment when an aging customer, also a fly fisher, befriended Kevin. Upon the customer’s passing the family contacted Kevin because the deceased had written Kevin into his will.
The surviving family offered Kevin a lot of his buddy’s fly-fishing gear. Kevin offered to take a fly box here, some flies there, but he didn’t want to appear greedy. No. The family tells him that they are all lazy, and no one had any interest in learning the sport; they insisted he take it all. Eight boxes of vises, fly tying gear, books, including a bamboo rod.
Knowing Kevin was really hooked, his thoughtful wife, Cynthia, enrolled him in a fly fishing class where he learned some casting, knots, fly presentation. . . and Kevin immediately caught a bunch of trout!
His current focus is on quality – quality of the experience, camaraderie, and the fun of the day. You can thank Kevin for the litter he removes to make our fishing worlds a little nicer – a great example of a fly fisher who sees a bigger picture than numbers of fish caught.
With the exception of a couple of stints as president, and some absences for medical reasons, I’ve been Conservation Chair for much of the last ten years. This is my chosen role in helping the club be current and active for our resources partially because it’s what interests me, and is where I think I can contribute the most due to my experience and training. In addition to a Forest Technician degree, I have a BS from Oregon in Outdoor Recreation, where I specialized in teaching what is best described as Naturalism classes. I was protégé to the founder of the Willamette Green Belt, Mel Jackson whom I assisted with classes on the various biomes of Oregon, from estuaries to the high desert. We also provided outfitter services for the Science Department mostly guiding overnight river trips for researchers as qualified members of the Oregon Guides and Packers Association.
Once I got my BS, I was offered a job at Ft. Lewis through the department of the Army (a tough choice for a Marine veteran) to develop “Adventure Recreation Programs”. There I ran kayaking trips, both river and salt water and created a SCUBA diving program including a retail shop, search and recovery team, and certifications from beginner through Ice Diving and Rescue and Instructor. While I did not enjoy working for the government, I took great satisfaction from teaching young soldiers the outdoor interests that had sustained me following my tour in Vietnam in 1968. From there I went on to work commercially teaching diving, as sales manager for boat manufacturers and finally, Playground builders.
I made friends with some of the local WDFW managers through sea run cutthroat fishing for sampling, which enabled me to connect the club to the effort that has since become the Coastal Cutthroat Coalition. This relationship also put me in a position to commit the club to sponsoring Munn Lake in Tumwater. For the last ten years SSFF has contributed money and volunteer work to create and maintain the only public Quality Fishery Lake in the south sound. With excellent, though challenging trout fishing and healthy warm waters species available, Munn has become a byword for public/private cooperation and famous for big trout fishing. As a volunteer adviser to WDFW, I am privy to information that contributes to our conservation efforts.
Why nothing in there about me fishing? Mel Jackson counseled me when I started in the recreation field to save one favorite activity for myself, lest it become spoiled by commercializing it. I have worked in friends’ fly shops on occasion, but have done most of my fishing solo, so I get to make all the decisions, and always catch the most and biggest fish. I gladly hire a guide, but won’t be one.
I started fishing on St. Patrick’s Day, 1980. I was working as a 30-year-old tree-surgeon at the time but when I showed up to work, the owner and my long-time friend said to me “we’re not working today. As Irishmen we have a duty to eff off so we’re going bass fishing in the Willamette River”. I caught a six-pound large mouth on his loaner rod and just like that first free taste of a drug, I was in. I ate that bass and since have caught hundreds of trout, giant tarpons, dozens of steelhead and salmon, bones, tuna and dorado, but never another bass much bigger than a hot dog. Might be a lesson there.
I started fishing again after my retirement in 2016. The first time I went fishing for chum salmon I starting asking some questions to some guys that were catching them on a fly rod. It looked so fun that I picked up an inexpensive fly rod and reel and was hooked.
Wanting to learn more and better technique I some that the SSFF were having an open house at the fire station. My wife and I showed up and I became a member shortly after and have been one for the last 3 years.
Vic Andrade moved from the Midwest to Washington in 2016 after retiring from a career in IT. He joined the SSFF after taking the Introduction to Fly Fishing Class in 2019. He uses his experience in maintaining his blog about his cross country bicycling adventures to maintain the club’s website and Facebook page.